Maple Leafs' McClement moving on up?

Maple Leafs forward Jay McClement battles with Canucks defenceman Kevin Bieksa on Saturday night in...

Maple Leafs forward Jay McClement battles with Canucks defenceman Kevin Bieksa on Saturday night in Vancouver, during Toronto's 4-0 defeat. (Reuters)

Mike Zeisberger, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:11 AM ET

Jay McClement’s best offensive season in the NHL came in 2009-10 with the St. Louis Blues.

He had 11 goals and 18 assists for 29 points.

Modest numbers from a No. 2 centre, which is a role McClement could find himself in should coach Randy Carlyle choose not to move James van Riemsdyk from the wing into that slot.

That’s not a knock against McClement. He was the Leafs unsung hero last season and could be on his way to copping that honour again in 2013-14.

He’s a team leader. He’s great on the penalty kill. And, with fellow centres Dave Bolland and Tyler Bozak on the shelf right now, his minutes could rise significantly.

“I saw it but just looked like he spun off the hit,” McClement said of Bolland’s left-leg laceration injury, which took place when he was hit by Vancouver’s Zack Kassian in a 4-0 loss to the Canucks on Saturday.


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